Alladin’s Lamp, originally uploaded by Nutch Bicer

The 3-D Act, (for Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy and Deficit Reduction), sponsored by David Vitter of Louisiana in the Senate and Rob Bishop of Utah in the House, can be broken down into twelve proposals – what the New York Times refers to as the “Right’s Environmental Wish List.” You can read about all 12, in detail, at green.blogs.nytimes. Here are just 5, in brief:

1. Put oil and natural gas leasing on the Outer Continental shelf on a fast track.

2. Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for exploration, development and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain.

3. Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying carbon dioxide or methane from agricultural activities as a pollutant.

4. Allow state governors to declare emergencies which require federal officials to ignore the provisions of the Endangered Species Act when dealing with the emergency.

5. Prohibit the government from paying legal fees to environmental groups that prevail in lawsuits challenging the federal environmental stewardship if said groups “prevent, terminate or reduce” access to energy, minerals, timber, land for grazing and water for farming, or “eliminate or prevent one or more jobs.”

There’s work ahead. Meanwhile, be afraid. Very afraid.

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